School Report: Does your school know your child?
Today and yesterday it was parents’ evening at my school, and if you’re a parent or a carer it probably has been around this time that you have been in to see your children’s teachers to see how they are getting on.
We all want the best for our children. We all strive for providing for them a fulfilling, successful, healthy and most important, happy life.
One of the main factors in achieving those goals is the experience our children have at school.
Hearing about that experience from the teachers is often a very good balance to the news we hear at home. I am forever trying to extract from my two kids what has been going on at school – the most I usually get was what was for lunch!
As you read this article, have a think about your experiences and memories at school.
Now those memories can be positive or negative for us as adults. Many of us, as I do, fondly recall our time at school and can point to it being a big part of who I became as an adult.
I went to a fairly small state school and then on to a larger Grammar school at age 11 and I have friends today from both of those settings.
Sadly for some adults, memories of school are less positive, with thoughts of unkind teachers and bullying being foremost in the mind.
In order to ensure that the children we care for move forward with only positivity form their schooling, there are certain things that we can all look for in an education setting.
It doesn’t matter if it is a state school or an independent school, in my opinion there are areas to look out for that if the school is getting these things right, then you are giving your children the best chance to succeed as they grow.
Do they know your child? If you asked your child’s teacher about the interests and aptitudes of their pupils, would they be able to answer? State school teachers are quite often overworked and it can be a stressful profession, but the best teachers in any school will know all of their pupils and take an interest in them as a person.
Does your child come home happy from school? School should be a place of happiness, challenge, fun and progress.
The setting doesn’t matter – if you have a child who is consistently upset or not looking forward to school, then something isn’t right.
Do they listen to you? A good school is one that listens to parents and carers and takes on board what they say.
The school, the child and the parent or carer should be a triangle of working together. All good schools do this.
All of the above is a ‘yes’ from the best schools out there – and I would proudly add my school to that list.
The best state schools do this too; if the setting your child attends doesn’t, and you feel after your parents’ evening that the children don’t really know your child, then see what you can do to work with them to do more of what we all got into teaching for – to help create a better future for our children.